Screening of tourists entering hills

Friday, Jul 23, 2021 07:30 [IST]

Last Update: Friday, Jul 23, 2021 01:51 [IST]

Screening of tourists entering hills

DARJEELING,: Strict vigil is being done by the administration in the hills to check the spread of Covid-19. Pickets have been set up at different places where the authorities are verifying whether tourists and those coming from Sikkim have the required Covid-related documents.
The district administration has already issued orders making it compulsory for tourists and those coming from Sikkim to produce Covid negative reports or double dose vaccination certificates to enter Bengal.
"We are conducting nakka checkings at Batasia and are verifying if the tourists have the required documents with them or not. We have also sent back people who do not have them,” said Darjeeling Sadar Traffic officer B.K. Roy.
The police today also held a meeting with drivers who ferry tourists locally or to places like Darjeeling, Sikkim and Kalimpong.
"The meeting was held today to ask the drivers to enquire with tourists if they have the Covid related documents before they board their vehicles. It is the duty of everyone to keep their area safe,” Roy said.
According to the order of the district administration, tourists and inbound passengers from Sikkim have to carry certificate/proof of full Covid vaccination or RTPCR/RAT negative test report before entering the region.
Screening centres have also been set up at Rangpo and Melli to check people entering Bengal from Sikkim.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi